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Absurdly well played tech thrash! - 95%

LarsA81, August 31st, 2021
Written based on this version: 2004, CD, Endtime Productions (Limited edition)

I first heard Absurd2 on the classic compilation album “In the Shadows of Death” from Endtime productions back in the early ’00’s. I was instantly hooked to “Wisdom” with it’s technical thrash assault, dual vocals (there’s a guest vocalist on this track!) and that awesome jazzy outdo played on the bass. I just had to have more.

Absurd2 are one of those supergroups that should ditch their main-bands and concentrate on this project. Their 3- song ep is THAT good! Highly technical thrash metal with hints of death metal as well, and the band consisted of former and current members of Extol, Benet Reach, Vardøger, Silver, Azusa, Kvelertak and others

Ivan’s vocals fit the music really well, even though his scream is more of a hardcore scream a la older Selfmindead. The music has that Extol-vibe, especially the sound they did on the Synergy-album, so I strongly recommend fans of that band and album to check this release out. And as Synergy is strongly inspired by Believer, fans of that band should also check out Absurd2. They play strang chords, have powerful blasting from drummer David Husvik and they have some super tight song-writing throughout all three songs. But the instrument that tops it all, is the bass!! It has a life completely on its own and is super jazzy. Bass solos are all over the place!

There really isn’t much to point a finger at on this release, other than I had hoped for it to be a full-length. Everything works really well and I enjoy this release today as much as I did those almost 20 years ago when I heard it for the first time! It would be interesting to heard more from these band, but sadly I don’t think that will happen. The closest thing we’ll hear to Absurd2 these days is probably Azusa, which has both David Husvik and Christer Esepevoll in the band and also has some of that glorious technical thrash metal.